I found more pictures of Colorado on my camera and had to share them. My cousin Colleen’s house is phenomenal. She just moved in over Memorial Day Weekend, so I was one of the first family members to visit her in late June! She has a spectacular view of the Continental Divide from Boulder Heights and her lovely house is filled to the brim with gorgeous succulent plants, local flowers and adorable dogs and cats. (Maybe even a direwolf!) Also, delicious food is made here! Colleen even made my favorite, Strawberry Rhubarb pie! After dinner with more cousins, Colleen and I star gazed from the hot tub! I hope I have another work excuse to go back to Colorado and visit Colleen in Boulder again this summer! We have so much fun together. I wish we lived closer!
Can you believe this was our view? You didn’t even have to get out of bed to look at Diamond Head! For our second breakfast in Honolulu, we went to a cool local place downtown, called Goofy’s! I wish I could go back there for more tasty and healthy meals! They had locally sourced kale and taro root bread. It made being gluten free so easy and delicious! We also met one of Andrea’s family friends for breakfast too! I loved my kale eggs and avocado. My work view was nothing short of spectacular again and as I reviewed charts I saw Lazers and Bytes racing! I was able to leave work at 4pm so we could go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay in the late afternoon. The Mustang convertible or Andrea’s good luck got us a great parking spot and since we arrived close to 5pm we didn’t have to pay to get into the Nature Preserve! We did have to watch a short video basically reminding us to “look and not touch” the wildlife. I was amazed how large the fish were and I even saw a Honu! However, I was horrified how many tourists did not follow common sense (or the video) and were stepping all over the coral!!!At 6:30 they had everyone get out of the water (Andrea says the sharks come out at sunset)! We didn’t mind though because we were hungry and also thought this was a great place for first time snorkelers. We’ve been spoiled by other Hawaiian snorkeling spots! On our walk back up from snorkeling we saw a mongoose run by and more local cats! I bet a mongoose would be great eating for a Hawaiian cat! We decided to take several more pictures before the park closed at 7 and enjoyed our gorgeous drive back down Diamond Head before dinner. I really enjoyed the convertible! You never need a towel!We went to a local farm to table restaurant called Town! It was my favorite restaurant of the trip!Our salads were phenomenal with fresh ingredients like papaya, pineapple and organic local greens. Almost everything we are was from the island except the Pacific NW mussels that Andrea ordered!I loved the opa, farro and green onions!After dinner we went back to the hotel and wandered down Waikiki Beach. There were free cookie samples in our hotel too!
We woke up to a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head! We saw gorgeous orchids in the hotel lobby.The Marriott breakfast buffet even had fresh papaya and Portuguese sausage. I almost considering walking to the clinic that I was working at but it was already 80 degrees at 8am so I drove the 2 miles instead. My office view was phenomenal. I overlooked the Marina with sailboats going in and out all day!
After work, we jumped in the ocean at the less crowded Sand Island Coast Guard base beach. It was so much more relaxing and only locals go there. There were very few people on the beach and there were lots of neat rocks and old foundations to climb over. We also saw tons of cats on the island. There was even a lady putting out cat food for all the kitties.
I decided to try being gluten free for this trip because of recent indigestion. Lactase is apparently not enough! My BFF Andrea helped and when we went out to Lucky Belly I was able to substitute daikon radish strands for ramen. It was delicious and healthy!! I did miss the pork belly bao but I already have higher energy and feel less bloated! I went 4 plus days without gluten and then accidentally had some on Sunday which didn’t feel good. I’m fortunately not gluten intolerant but I’m definitely sensitive.
Thank you, Andy Mac for supporting me and happy 30th birthday today!!
On Tuesday, I went from Seattle to Honolulu in less than 6 hours! Andy Mac met me in the Honolulu airport where we got an awesome black Mustang convertible and got an amazing hotel room upgrade to have an unobstructed view of Diamond Head on Waikiki Beach! We walked down the beach our first day in paradise and took a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean to cool down before an amazing dinner at Sydney Bill’s! We had amazing hibiscus mocktails with pork belly, watermelon, peanut, mint salad and delicious fresh fish in coconut curry with fresh local vegetables and yams! After dinner, we walked back to our hotel on the beach, enjoying the warm night and beautiful scenery!However, we did go to bed relatively early due to the 3 hour time change (it was 3 hours later in Hawaii than in Seattle) and we both had to work in the morning!
It was my middle sister, Janie’s 28th birthday on July 5th and we celebrated 2 weeks ago at Buca di Beppo’s! The next day, I had a work trip to Boise where I saw one of my best buddies from college! Mr F and I had a quiet Fourth of July and watched the Lake Union fireworks from our balcony. It was awesome and relaxing. We also biked in the rain, paddleboarded and went on a nice walk through Carkeek Park over the 3 day weekend.
A week ago, we went to a favorite neighborhood restaurant called Brimmer and Heeltap, where we sat on the patio and had an amazing salmon with morel mushrooms. The dessert was also phenomenal.On Monday, I had a site visit in Seattle then we walked to Ballard for fancy fish and chips at Ethan Stowell’s new restaurant, Chippy’s! Yes, we love food!
Last week, I was in Fargo for work and Colorado Springs. I also got the chance to visit my cousin, Colleen and her cute dogs, Maya and Dexter in Boulder, CO! Colleen is actually Mr. F’s cousin and they’re practically siblings. I love hanging out with her. We had a blast going to yoga, getting lunch and going shopping together! We even took pictures with her neighbor’s plastic flamingos! I love her cat, Consuelo too. He has the loudest purr and is such a sweetheart.
While I was in Boulder, I found out that I get to go to Honolulu for work in two weeks!!!!! It’s amazing that I’m going to Hawaii for the third time in 5 months!!!
I cannot believe it that we were in Kauai a month ago! On our last day in Kauai, my Uncle Do took Mr. F’s and my photos in front of our condo! I tried to not be too awkward, but I’m not used to getting my picture taken by someone other than Mr. F. For example, here are a few pictures around the condo that Mr. F took before heading to the airport. My sister, Katie and her boyfriend, Travis took off for Honolulu, while my parents, my aunt and uncle, Mr. F and I went back to Seattle! Before taking off, we stopped at the Fish Express in Lihue. The poke was phenomenal. I highly recommend it, if you’re in ever in Lihue!The flight from Lihue, Kauai to Seattle was lovely. We arrived home at sunset. It was the perfect ending to our family vacation!